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Horrendous Evil and the Goodness of God

Hardback|Jun 1999
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Adams argues that much of the discussion in analytic philosophy or religion over the last forty years has offered too narrow an understanding of the problem. The ground rules accepted for the discussion have usually led philosophers to avert their...


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Adams argues that much of the discussion in analytic philosophy or religion over the last forty years has offered too narrow an understanding of the problem. The ground rules accepted for the discussion have usually led philosophers to avert their gaze from the worst "horrendous" evils and their devastating impact on human lives. They have agreed to debate the issue on the basis of religion-neutral values, and have focused on morals, an approach that -- Adams claims -- is inadequate for formulating and solving the problem of horrendous evils. She emphasizes instead the fruitfulness of other evaluative categories such as purity and defilement, honor and shame, and aesthetics.If redirected, philosophical reflection on evil can, Adams's book demonstrates, provide a valuable approach not only to theories of God and evil but also to pastoral care.
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When confronted by horrendous evil, even the most pious believer may question not only life's worth but also God's power & goodness. A distinguished philosopher & a practicing minister, Marilyn McCord Adams has written a highly original work on a fundamental dilemma of Christian thought - how to reconcile faith in God with the evils that afflicts human beings. Adams argues that philosophy has offered too narrow an understanding of evil by subjecting it to logic & ignoring the difficulty that suffering people have in trusting God.
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Marilyn McCord Adams

Marilyn McCord Adams is Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford and Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. She has published extensively in academic philosophy and theology.